Criminal Defense Information
Providing You with What You Need to Know
At Thomas & Paulk, P.A., we know just how difficult it can be to deal with the complications surrounding criminal defense cases. For this reason, we remain dedicated to providing accessible and effective legal representation to our clients throughout the Tampa Bay area. On this website, we have provided helpful pages that we hope will assist in allowing our clients to understand exactly what it is that they're facing.
Some of the topics that we discuss on our website include the following:
- Aiding / Abetting - It is considered a criminal offense to help a person in the commission of a crime. This act of aiding another person is explained under Florida Statutes §220.905 (2011). Should you be found guilty you could be facing the same criminal charges as the person as the person who actually committed the offense.
- Conspiracy - The criminal act of conspiracy does not actually refer to any particular offense, but rather to the act of planning to commit a crime in the future. When two or more people discuss breaking the law in the future, they may be found guilty of conspiracy. This is tried one level below the crime itself.
- Expungements - Having a criminal history on their record can be completely life-altering. Ever wanted to say "no" when someone asks if you've been charged with a crime? By clearing your criminal record, you may be able to. At our firm, we can help you determine if you are eligible for expungement and walk you through the process.
- Extradition - The process of extradition refers to when a state or nation submits a request to have a suspected or convicted criminal returned. When this occurs between states in the United States, the dealing of a fugitive of justice is handled on the federal level. This is explained under 18 U.S.C. §3182.
- Notice to Appear - Have questions about what to do if you have been served with a notice to appear? Our firm can help answer your questions and provide you with a roadmap of actions that need to be taken. The first thing to remember is that this is not a traffic ticket and you do need to actually appear in court.
- Obstruction of Justice - The state of Florida considers it a crime to in any way interfere with the carrying out of justice. This can include bribing witnesses, failing to report crimes, resisting arrest and even threatening jurors on a case. It can also refer to interfering with the work of law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and more.
- Perjury - When you are placed under oath, it is expected that you will always act truthfully. Lying when under oath is considered a criminal offense known as perjury. Should you be found guilty of perjuring yourself, you will be facing serious criminal charges - it is important that you get aggressive defense on your side.
- Pre-File Investigations - In some cases, before charges are ever formally pressed, the prosecution will partake in what is known as pre-file investigations. These are completed when prosecution and law enforcement are attempting to determine whether or not there is enough evidence to build a sufficient case.
- Probation Violation - One penalty common in criminal cases is that of probation; this penalty is typically served in lieu of prison time. One major factor of this penalty are the terms that you must abide by - such as curfew, meetings with probation officers, keeping a clean record, etc. If accused of violating these terms, we can help.
- Warrants - Have you had a warrant issued in your name? Bench and arrest warrants are legal orders that required you to appear in court at a specific date and time. If one has been issued for you, our firm can help you to understand what you need to do.
You have the right to a fair trial, and it is actually the responsibility of the prosecution to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. By simply challenging the evidence against you in front of a court of law, we may be able to reduce your charges, win you a not guilty verdict, or have your case dropped altogether. It all starts by putting an experienced team on your side. Want to schedule your initial case consultation?
Simply pick up the phone and call us today at (813) 321-7323. We look forward to helping you soon.
Criminal defense cases can be highly stressful and complicated. We discuss in this video what you may expect in your case as we fight for the best possible outcome.
You may know nothing about the criminal system and may be confused on what to do next. You need an attorney who can guide you through the entire process.
You won't be able to look into all the possibilities alone. We're well-versed in criminal law and can provide you with a strong strategy to turn the odds in your favor.
We've been working in the courts for a long time and have developed positive relationships with all the people you may face, which can help improve your chances.
Building a Case
Unlike a prosecutor, your criminal defense attorney can spend the time to build a strong case to help get your charges dismissed or your penalties reduced.